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2012 Ebertfest coverage

Here's where we will collect links to coverage of Roger Ebert's 2012 Film Festival.

Added April 30, 8 a.m.: Melissa Merli's story about the concluding day of the festival.

Previewing the panels: The schedule of Ebertfest discussions on UI campus

The academic panels for the 2012 Roger Ebert's Film Festival take place on the University of Illinois campus. They are free and open to the public. The schedule:

Thursday, April 26

Ebertfest guest Patton Oswalt will take visit to next level: Screening a classic

Editor's note: Ebertfest emcee Chaz Ebert announced late Wednesday that Patton Oswalt had to cancel his Ebertfest appearances. He is tied up in New York, shooting the Ben Stiller-directed "Secret Life of Walter Mitty."

Grab your popcorn: 2012 Ebertfest begins today

CHAMPAIGN — The 14th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival opening here today will showcase an eclectic mix of 13 movies, from silent shorts dating to the early 20th century to eight movies released just last year.

Ebertfest: 'Take Shelter' director on cusp of mainstream success

CHAMPAIGN — When writer-director Jeff Nichols was first thinking of making "Take Shelter," he walked into his backyard in Austin, Texas, where he noticed concrete at the bottom of his clothesline poles. From there he thought of a storm shelter. Then into his mind popped the image of a man standing over a shelter, its doors open.

Director doesn't follow formula in Ebertfest feature 'Patang'

CHAMPAIGN — When it comes to films from India, most moviegoers are familiar with Bollywood extravaganzas in which actors frequently break into song and dance, or slick productions like the rags-to-riches "Slumdog Millionaire," which won the 2009 Oscar for best picture.

2012 Ebertfest schedule

Here is the schedule for the 14th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, a special event of the University of Illinois College of Media, opening Wednesday.

AMC Theatres agrees to services for disabled

DANVILLE — Theater-goers in Danville and Mattoon will soon be able to enjoy movies, regardless of hearing or vision disabilities.

As the result of a settlement with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, AMC Theatres has agreed to provide personal captioning services and audio-description technology for people with disabilities at all of its theaters.

Actor Offerman returning to UI for Thursday show

URBANA — Actor Nick Offerman, best known for playing Ron Swanson on the NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation,” comes to the University of Illinois at 8 p.m. Thursday as part of his “American Ham” comedy tour. The show will be at the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U, in Illini Rooms A, B and C.

Offerman is originally from Minooka and received a bachelor of fine arts degree from the UI.

Pipe organ ready for close-up at Virginia

CHAMPAIGN — The master organist sat down at the Wurlitzer on Friday, played the Gershwins' "S'Wonderful" — and pronounced the organ s'wonderful, too.

The majestic pipe organ at the Virginia Theatre will have a big Saturday night, celebrating 90 years and 900 pipes with a nearly two-hour rededication concert.